Sidecar Recipe

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Vickie Parks


This is a classic recipe for the Sidecar cocktail. Its history is unclear, but the famous Ritz Hotel in Paris claims ownership. It was created around the end of World War II and was named after the sidecar that was attached to motorcycles that troops used frequently for transportation in certain rugged regions of Europe that were difficult to reach by foot. Incidentally, the sidecar was designed by French Army officer, M. Bertoux, as a way to carry passengers on early model bicycles. Eventually it was re-designed so it could be used to carry passengers on motorcycles.


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20 Min
No-Cook or Other


  • ·
    fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ·
    granulated sugar
  • 1 c
    cognac or quality brandy
  • 1/2 c
    triple sec or cointreau (orange liqueur)
  • 1/4 c
    fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 c
    ice cubes
  • 1
    maraschino cherry or curled lemon peel,for garnish

How to Make Sidecar


  1. Place 4 martini/cocktail glasses in freezer for 15 to 30 minutes, to frost.
  2. Rub a lemon half on rim of each martini glass, then turn glasses over and dip rims in a small plate of sugar until rims are coated with sugar.
  3. Combine cognac, Triple Sec, lemon juice and ice cubes in a large cocktail shaker or juice pitcher. Shake well, and pour into the 4 martini glasses.
  4. Garnish with a cherry or lemon peel, and serve.

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About Sidecar

Course/Dish: Cocktails
Main Ingredient: Alcohol
Regional Style: French

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